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Old 02-16-2011   #61 (permalink)
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WOW! Thanks Jimmy! Even though Jimmy & I just did this trip last month I have to say the few spots that you & Vicki hit that we did not are on my "to do" list now! Great pics, great memories that I'll have forever! I sort of feel like I'm now a member of some "elite club." Jimmy, I owe you tons and hell YES we would have squeezed you in Vicki if there were any way, sorry!
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WOW! Thanks Jimmy! Even though Jimmy & I just did this trip last month I have to say the few spots that you & Vikki hit that we did not are on my "to do" list now! Great pics, great memories that I'll have forever! I sort of feel like I'm now a member of some "elite club." Jimmy, I owe you tons and hell YES we would have squeezed you in Vicki if there were any way, sorry!
Hey Barry... welcome to the "club".

The various waterfalls near Palenque are definitely one reason to go back. Since you'd be going that far anyway, do some research to include San Cristobal, Chamula, Tuxtla Guitterez and the Sumidero Canyon. If you're feeling really adventurous, make your way to the Pacific Coast and take in Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel (Zipolite, Mazunte) and Huatulco.

My sons made a trip with me in late 2006 that included most of the Oaxacan Coast... click HERE to read that trip report.
They're excited about trying something similar with me this fall or in early 2012. I'm looking forward to it!

By the way, thanks for taking so many photos while rolling through Mexico... it's tough getting good ones under those conditions even using an SLR. Given those circumstances, you did incredibly well using a point & shoot.

Except for that bandito in Brownsville, I'd say our trip went rather smoothly. Messed up the next days travel plan, but driving after dark got us back on track. Plus... you earned your official "Mexican Night Driving" badge...

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oaxaca state is fabulous
pto escondido is one of my favorite places in mexico, to be sure
also really enjoyed the city
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Jimmy, I loved reading your trip report. What a great adventure, your photos and descriptions were so interesting. There are just so many places to go and so many interesting people too meet, you are so fortunate to make these wonderful journey's.
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Finally had a chance to catch up with part two of this report- fantastic!
Loved all the great pictures.... and thanks for sharing all your tips! I hope we'll be making this trip someday.
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Awesome!!! fantastic pics and descriptions!!! thanks for sharing!! would love to hear the other stories!!
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wonderful trip report along with awesome pictures. two people that i love dearly!!
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Jimmy, you are right, the mandarinas are some of late crop, you find the small ones in December in most markets in Mexico, but the Monica and Reyna varieties are late. Just getting back from a trip and found them all around, thought about taking some pictures, but everytime I got my hand on some of them something happened and when I remembered about taking pictures all that was left was the skin, hehehe

Edit: just wento to my local grocery store to get some, hehehe







I wish they were available year-round, but sadly I will have to eat as many as possible until the next season, haa
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Always kind of wondered... whatever happened to that poor injured dog. (left photo)

When Sue and I made our drive in November 2010, I made it a point to stop at the Pemex on the north end of Soto la Marina and look around for him. He was nowhere in sight.

In January 2011, Barry and I stopped again at that very same Pemex to top off. After filling up, we parked the vehicle closer to the convenience store so I could get a few items for the road. As I was heading back to the car, our little survivor intercepted me (right photo).

Guess it didn't surprise me to see him alive and healthy. His natural born charm and pleasant attitude appear to have paid off.


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Always kind of wondered... whatever happened to that poor injured dog. (left photo)

When Sue and I made our drive in November 2010, I made it a point to stop at the Pemex on the north end of Sota la Marina and look around for him. He was nowhere in sight.

In January 2011, Barry and I stopped again at that very same Pemex to top off. After filling up, we parked the vehicle closer to the convenience store so I could get a few items for the road. As I was heading back to the car, our little survivor intercepted me (right photo).

Guess it didn't surprise me to see him alive and healthy. His natural born charm and pleasant attitude appear to have paid off.

That is so cool that he found you. I bet he wanted to say thanks.
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In your Jan 2011 did you find any construction going between Coatzacoalcos and Villahermosa?
I got a couple of kilometers or driving in the mud of the construction and traffic was really slow, but after that point it went smooth.
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That is so cool that he found you. I bet he wanted to say thanks.
Vikki and I gave him dog food... probably a delicasy he doesn't get too often. We figured he was a stray and considered tossing him into our vehicle but he had a friend with him (possibly part of the same litter). Jim, one of these days you'll have to make this drive with me!! I know you'd totally enjoy it and it would probably take us forever to make the crossing.


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In your Jan 2011 did you find any construction going between Coatzacoalcos and Villahermosa?
Never made it into Coatzacoales.. we picked up the cuota at Acayucan and took it directly to Villahermosa. That was the only notable stretch of toll road for us.

There was a fair amount of construction little west of Minatitlan where they were elevating the road through the wetlands... but that was back in November. The roadway from Escarcega all the way to Chetumal is completely finished now. One of these days, I'll drive through there during daylight and spend some time at the places you've mentioned in the other threads. I'd probably need to spend the night in Escarcega to make it all work out.

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